Thursday, July 26, 2018

The Passing of Oskar Oberle - Mösbach Historian

I checked out the Mösbach, Ortenaukreis, Baden, Germany web page for the first time in a long time and discovered that the village historian, Oskar Oberle passed away January 26, 2018 at the age of 85. This makes me very sad. I very much wanted to meet him whenever I finally got to the home village of my great-grandfather, Alois Panther. Sadly, this will no longer be possible. Here is a translation of the write-up on Baden Online.


Oskar Oberle died on Friday at the age of 85 years. Not only Mösbach mourns for the engaged in many clubs man.
The parlor in the "Vogt Johannes Spinner Hus" in Mösbach was the second home of Oskar Oberle. Often he sat comfortably with visitors at the table under the »Herrgottswinkel« to report from his rich fund of village history. Now, this voice, so valuable to the Cherry Village, has faded away. The good soul of the museum house died on 26 January at the age of 85 years. Mösbach mourns with the families of his four children and 13 grandchildren.
A good guy
Oskar Oberle was a good, friendly and social man who was committed to the secular and ecclesiastical level and who cared for the history of his hometown with body and soul. He spent thousands of voluntary hours with Fridolin Klumpp and his son Christoph Oberle, so that in 2004 the half-timbered house of 1834 could be opened as a museum. There were huge compliments for the loving work that Oskar Oberle, the chairman of the museum association and "master of the house", always had with open museum doors.
»I know many local museums in the country, but the Mösbacher far exceeded my expectations. That's done professionally, "said the then Minister of Agriculture Willi Stächele, who awarded the Stauffer medal to Oberle on December 11, 2005 for his great honorary life's work.
At the beginning of January Oberle had guided museum visitors through the room of remembrance for the clergymen from Mösbach and the servants' chamber, which he particularly liked. He was happy to provide information on who once lived in House No. 28 or 78 or who emigrated to America. With former mayor Heinrich Hund he rewrote the local chronicle, which was published in 1986 for the 600th anniversary.
Oskar Herrmann Oberle came on May 15, 1932 as the second youngest child of Wilhelm and Maria Oberle, b. Schmälzle, on the Sohlberg. He grew up with ten siblings, he had to go to school all the way down to Lautenbach. After training as a commercial employee, he completed a training as a certified accountant and was hired by the tax office for tax audits, until the pension he works at the tax office Offenburg. On October 8, 1963, he married Rosa Fischer from Mösbach, who was a good-hearted woman and supported her husband very much.
In DRC and church
The song "Go out, my heart, and seek Freud" by Paul Gerhardt was his favorite song. Oskar Oberle was there from the introduction of parish council 1969 to 2005 there, including 32 years as chairman. He was a lecturer, communion helper and parish priest, and set a good example as deanery councilor. Out of faith, he wanted to help people. He was a member of the Mösbacher DRK, which he ran from 1985 to 1997. In May 2003 he was one of the twelve founding fathers of the Verein Heimatmuseum Mösbach. In it he found much "joy" in his action in the sense of his favorite song.
The funeral will take place on Friday, 2 February, 14 clock, in the cemetery Mösbach, then funeral.


My heart goes out to the friends and family of Mr. Oberle and the entire town of Achern-
Mösbach. I'm sorry I was not able to meet him and even more sorry that I didn't leran about his passing until now.

--Matt

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